Adidas has launched a new swimwear range made from recycled ocean plastic as part of its ongoing collaboration with ocean conservation group Parley.
The SS17 collection is made from INFINITEX, a durable fabric that derives from plastic wastes, including debris and used fishing nets, which are processed into a recycled nylon yarn.
The range includes men’s swim boxers and swim trunks and a one-piece swimsuit for women.
It features two distinct designs; a wave print that references the source of its fabric, and a Parley-inspired design.
“Created with the ethos ‘from the oceans, for the oceans’, the Parley swim collection represents our dedication to consistently deliver swim products that protect the waters in which we perform,” Tim Janaway, general manager of Adidas Heartbeat Sports told Swimming World Magazine.
“As one of the leading sportswear brands in the world, it is our responsibility to be the guardians of the spaces of sport and this range is testament to the part we can – and should- all play to safeguard the oceans for future generations.”
In the North Pacific Ocean alone, 40 million pounds of ocean plastic has accumulated, according to Parley.
This large amount of plastic has affected the entire ecosystem and has endangered many marine species in the area.
Parley’s mission statement reads: “Plastic is a design failure, one that can only be solved if we reinvent the material itself. We all have a role to play in the solution.”
Adidas has previously partnered with Parley to make trainers made from ocean plastic, a collaboration that was endorsed by Prince Charles at the Accounting For Sustainability Annual Summit in November.